Linn County Master Gardener Tina Patterson helps participants during the Kokedama hands-on workshop Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Winter Gardening Fair. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Hundreds of gardeners were treated to a taste of spring Saturday, March 3, during the 2018 Winter Gardening Fair.

Hosted by the Linn County ISU Extension Master Gardeners, the annual event was held at Kirkwood Community College, with more than 40 sessions, plus a keynote speech.

The Eastern Iowa Bonsai Association was among the organizations with information tables at the Winter Gardening Fair. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Related: 2017 Winter Gardening Fair photos

Raising monarchs, native trees, spring garden maintenance and ornamental grasses were among the topics explored during the daylong event, as well as hands-on workshops in making a butterfly nectar feeder, flower seed balls, wind chimes, “miniponics” and Kokedama: growing plants on a moss ball.

See photos from past Winter Gardening Fairs, and more from the 2018 event, below: